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AP-MT--Montana News Digest, MT

June 14, 2018

Montana at 6 p.m.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

MONTANA WILDFIRES

HELENA — Montana is still recovering from floods caused by one of the snowiest winters on record, yet the state is still expected to have a significant wildfire season once it dries out in July. State officials and the National Guard will hold a briefing Thursday on whether Montana is ready after last year’s fire season exhausted all the state’s reserves.

TOP STORIES TODAY:

MONTANA BUDGET-MEDICAID CUTS

HELENA — A Helena judge has ordered Montana health officials to temporarily reinstate last year’s Medicaid reimbursement rates to nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. The temporary restraining order issued Wednesday by District Judge James Reynolds comes in a lawsuit by the Montana Health Care Association and six companies that own nursing facilities that challenges the health department’s decision to cut those reimbursement rates. By Matt Volz. SENT: 130-word APNewsNow. Will be expanded.

YELLOWSTONE SUPERINTENDENT

BILLINGS — A new superintendent was named Wednesday to Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the U.S. park system, after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration following a dispute over bison. Cameron “Cam” Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who has been superintendent since 2011. Wenk planned to retire next March but was told last week he would be gone by August. He said his ouster followed disagreements with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the size of the park’s world-famous bison herds. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 710 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GRIZZLY BEAR DEATH — A grizzly bear died after eating pesticides in an open garage between Great Falls and Fort Benton in north-central Montana.

— OIL SPILL BILL — Montana’s congressional delegation is asking U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to absolve Powell County of a $3.9 million debt from an oil spill cleanup.

— MAIL FRAUD-SENTENCE — A Montana copywriter and artist has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy that sent letters to people fraudulently telling them they’d won money or a prize.

— MONTANA UTILITY-TAX PAYMENT — Montana’s largest utility could be penalized up to $1.5 million in fines for being a day late on its tax payments.

— ORPHANED GRIZZLY CUBS — Montana wildlife officials are looking for a home for three grizzly bear cubs that were orphaned last week when their mother was killed by a vehicle in west-central Montana.

— MONTANA-FATAL CARJACKING — Yellowstone County officials say the victim of a weekend carjacking in Billings was a former Big Horn County sheriff.

— MONTANA SENATE-TRUMP — President Donald Trump’s eldest child is returning to Montana to campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale.

— GREAT FALLS SHOOTING — A man who killed his girlfriend and himself in Great Falls had a history of assaulting the woman and was free on bond for allegedly violating the deferred sentence he received for a 2017 assault.

— CHILD KILLED —A 3-year-old Wolf Point boy riding a bicycle was struck and killed by a pickup truck in northeastern Montana.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Montana and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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